Council to consider cat controls in new estate

AlburyCity is proposing to introduce restrictions for domestic cats in a new residential development in Thurgoona.

The proposal is among a range of conditions contained in a development application approved by Council for a 26 lot residential subdivision at 47 Table Top Road Thurgoona.

The site has been the subject of strong community interest and concerns regarding environmental impacts and development in proximity to Corrys Woodland Reserve and other sensitive environmental areas.

The proposed restrictions will require all cats to be contained within the owners property at all times to prevent them from roaming freely throughout the neighbourhood and surrounds.

Mayor Kevin Mack says the proposal is the first of its kind in Albury and would mean that anyone residing in the new estate would have to ensure that their cats are contained within their premises day and night.

“There is growing evidence that domestic cats, where they are not contained, can have a significant impact on local biodiversity including birds, lizards and other native species. We all have a responsibility to ensure that we protect, enhance and promote biodiversity,” Cr Mack said.

“This approach recognises the important and significant benefits of owning a cat but reinforces that this comes with responsibilities as well. This doesn’t mean that households can’t have a cat, they just need to ensure that it doesn’t roam at night or during the day.”

“Cat containment also provides benefits for the home owner as domestic cats live healthier and longer lives with less stress, fewer injuries and also reduced vet bills as result of not roaming.”

“We have no plans to make this condition retrospective, but it is anticipated that this control could be included for any future residential development close to environmentally sensitive areas.”

Details regarding community education programs and support will be developed in consultation with the community and key stakeholders including the Companion Animals Advisory Panel and Sustainability Advisory Committee.